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The Bruce Kroken Memorial Scholarship

The Bruce Kroken Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually by the Albuquerque Concert Band to encourage band students to continue their involvement in instrumental music performance at the college level. This $1000 prize honors the memory of Bruce Kroken who was a long time member and conductor of the ACB as well as was Director of Bands at both Manzano HS and Desert Ridge MS. The recipient shall present a solo performance at a concert with the Albuquerque Concert Band.

Applicants for this scholarship must be active band members in the Albuquerque metropolitan area who are graduating seniors and planning to major in music during their college years. Also eligible are graduates of Albuquerque metropolitan area high schools who are planning to continue participating in a performance ensemble at a higher education school. The performance ensemble participation need not be as a major in music, but the recipient must continue to perform and grow as a musician.

The $1000 award is given to one student. In addition to the financial award, recipients shall perform a solo with the Albuquerque Concert Band during our April concert. The 2020 concert date will be Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Eldorado High School. The winner shall be selected by an audition which will take place Tuesday, February 25. The registation deadline is February 118, 2020.

The award will be based on an audition and a brief interview. The applicant must perform on a traditional band instrument. The audition selection is the performer's choice (and may be the solo selection that the student will perform at Solo/Ensemble Festival). It is not necessary that it be the same piece to be played on the concert performance, although that it is preferred, when possible. The auditions are unaccompanied. The solo selection for the April concert must be approved by the ACB Music Director, and is subject to availability in the Albuquerque Concert Band library or another readily accessed source. If a band accompanied solo is unavailable, at the director's discretion, an alternative might be performed instead.

View or download and print the application for the 2020 Scholarship here.

Applications should be mailed to the address provided on the applcation.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: February 18, 2020  
Audition: February 25, 2020 
Performance: April 5, 2020 3:00 p.m. at Eldorado High School PAC

Past winners of the scholarship

  • 2019 - Logan Giese, percussion
  • 2018 - Cole Sinanian, trumpet
  • 2017 - Alex Martinez, flute
  • 2016 - Jane Kelly, trumpet
  • 2015 - Mario Thompson, clarinet
  • 2014 - Derek Manteufel, tuba
  • 2013 - Matthew Koester, saxophone
  • 2012 - Joshua Pfeffer, french horn
  • 2011 - Linnea Rowley, oboe
  • 2010 - Katrina Clements, clarinet
  • 2009 - John Wise, flute, and Dakota Flint, saxophone